A Long Read, but very worthwhile. It is not only an insight into the psychology behind the atrocities of Stalin, but also to the impulse that facilitated those atrocities.
Soviet Marxism rejected the very concept of human rights. Leninist ideology instructed one to think of classes, not humanity. What race was to Nazis, class was to Bolsheviks, and class origin, like race, was not something one chose. People born into bourgeois, noble, or kulak families had no more right to life than Jews or Gypsies did to Nazis.
Substitute the word “privilege” for class and you can hear the echoes of this impulse in the rhetoric of the Social Justice Left of today. The American left has tacitly rejected the very concept of human rights as being bequeathed by God and substituted the idea that rights are granted (and hence can be taken away) by the State. Free Speech, to the American Left, is no a basic human right, but an article of privilege that can be revoked if the speech offends a homosexual, a Muslim, a trasngendered, a feminist, an illegal immigrant, or any other identified group one is forbidden to offend. Freedom of religion, ditto. Freedom of conscience, ditto. On our college campuses… which are, in terms of ideological conformity, if not mass-murder … the most Stalinist institutions in our country, young males are, as a matter of policy, denied human rights such as due process when accused by rape, regardless of how specious the charge is.
And the tool to negate the universality of human rights is the notion of “privilege.” Hostility toward privilege is just warmed over Marxist class rhetoric, tarted up with big, academic-sounding nonsense words like “intersectionality” and “microaggression.”
The article goes into detail about the atrocities committed by Stalin and his underlings, and the justification for mass murder, imprisonment, and torture. And the root of it all was loyalty to Socialist Ideology and the Communist Party.
Comrades, none of us wishes or is able to be right against his Party. The Party in the last analysis is always right, because the Party is the sole historical instrument given the proletariat for the solution of its basic problems. . . . I know that one cannot be right against the party. It is only possible to be right with the Party and through the Party for history has not created other ways for the realization of what is right.
Something to think about whenever Hillary’s crimes or Obama’s abuses of power are defended by other Democrats for the good of the party. Something also to think about when social justice leftists like Dan Savage muse about how wonderful it would be if all Republicans “dropped dead” and are rewarded with applause from Bill Maher’s audience of trained leftist seals. Or, for that matter, when the Democrat Left’s new pet hate group, #BlackLivesMatter, calls for and celebrates the murder of people they oppose, and are rewarded with positions of prominence at the Democrat National Convention. Or the fact that the current Democrat president was mentored by a wannabe terrorist and mass murderer, who is not merely defended by the media and his party, but treated as an honored and celebrated citizen.
Socialism has always been a dehumanizing, destructive, and ultimately murderous ideology.
They wear those Che shirts for a reason, you know.